“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas am I to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 15.15)
सर्वस्य चाहं हृदि सन्निविष्टो
मत्तः स्मृतिर् ज्ञानम् अपोहनं च
वेदैश् च सर्वैर् अहम् एव वेद्यो
वेदान्त-कृद् वेद-विद् एव चाहम्
sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo
mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca
vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedānta-kṛd veda-vid eva cāham
“I understand the mere asking of these questions indicates a vital deficiency in the standard system of education. There must have been gaping holes in the base of knowledge transferred to the youth, as these are basic aspects of nature that any attentive person would be inquisitive over.
“Setting the commentary on the school system aside, have you ever wondered about the animal community and how they are able to get around? You can start with the natural ability, evident moments after the time of birth. The horse galloping about. The calf drawn towards its mother, the cow.
“Where did it learn such things? There was not sufficient time for instruction. There was no training process. The living being was obviously living prior to the visible moment of birth. They were developing the body on the inside, similar to the embryo within the womb of the human mother.
“The questions extend beyond the time of birth. For instance, how do birds know the proper location of their home? If they fly off during the day, how do they return to the same place later on? They are dealing with three dimensions, after all.
“It is not as simple as GPS, which we use for driving directions. That involves a flattened plane, so to speak. Left and right, forward and backwards. The bird has to follow at least ten directions. There is a Z axis, if you will. A third dimension to consider.
“The birds don’t write anything down. They don’t consult a map. They can’t make a phone call for assistance. Nature may obstruct their path. When they left home in the morning it was bright and sunny. Later on, there is cloud cover and precipitation. What indicators do they use for navigation?
“We learn the same about monarch butterflies. There is innate location-sensing spanning multiple generations. What is the source of such intelligence? Can the human beings inherit the same or do we have to rely on instruction for everything?”
In Bhagavad-gita, Shri Krishna explains that He is the source of both remembrance and forgetfulness. This means that every living being’s intelligence has a link. No one is truly self-taught. We know the typical path of progression for the newborn human. It should begin to crawl, walk, talk, and so forth after certain periods of time. These are known as milestones in the discipline of early childhood development.
There must be prior programming in order for a person to both notice the pattern and expect the same to repeat in the future, across billions of instances. That source is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who expands at the local level as Paramatma.
This is the Supersoul, situated next to individual soul, jivatma. There is no intelligence without Paramatma. There is no result to action without the prior sanction of Paramatma. The Supersoul facilitates forgetfulness, which creates the state of material existence.
The same Supersoul creates remembrance. The change is based on choice. Once jivatma chooses in favor of remembering their long-lost friend, in terms of consciousness, they slowly crawl out of the ditch known as material existence.
Spiritual existence is the original and constitutional position. The intelligence is already there. The human being has a natural inclination to worship the higher power. This is based on dharma. In the perverted reflection, the same dharma outputs in the illusory sense. Service to the senses, to man, to dog, to nation, to charitable causes, etc.
“Foolish men seek after material sense pleasure as a substitute for real happiness, but such foolish men forget that temporary so-called happiness derived from sense pleasures is also enjoyed by the dogs and hogs. No animal, bird or beast is bereft of this sense pleasure. In every species of life, including the human form of life, such happiness is immensely obtainable. The human form of life, however, is not meant for such cheap happiness. The human life is meant for attaining eternal and unlimited happiness by spiritual realization. This spiritual realization is obtained by tapasya, or undergoing voluntarily the path of penance and abstinence from material pleasure.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.3.13 Purport)
The intelligence is already there, so I should utilize it for remembrance, for serving the one from whom everything has come, who is my greatest well-wishing friend, and who is kind enough to never forsake me, no matter how much I have forgotten Him.
No matter how much forgetting,
Never away from Him letting.
My companion through and through,
Who residing inside too.
Such that remembrance can make,
When initiative to take.
Such that within dharma to return,
And the proper direction to learn.